Principal Employment Solicitor

Corporate and Commercial Services
Legal Services

Ref: SM3/OL-90677
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: SM 3 £52,555 – £55,678 pro rata
Hours: 22.00hrs per week – Part time
Based: Level 4, Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1UL /Working from home and office
Closing date: Sunday 26th May 2024

Job Description and Person Specification.docx

Role overview

To provide the professional services of a solicitor to the Council and in relation to all aspects of Employment Law and the Tribunal procedure and to provide legal advice and case management around the SEND process

Key responsibilities
• Providing legal advice to internal clients and stakeholders in relation to all aspects of employment law.
• Taking instructions and responding to employment claims.
• Drafting legal responses.
• Conducting case management/ preliminary hearings.
• Instructing and liaising with counsel in relation to any tribunal proceedings where external legal counsel may be required.
• Drafting settlement agreements.
• Advising panel members in relation to disciplinary hearings as well as drafting outcome decisions

Key Requirements
• Qualified solicitor or barrister or a Chartered Legal Executive
• Member of Governing Body/Law Society
• Evidence of continuing professional development
• Experience of providing legal advice and services in relation to employment law and practice
• Experience of employment law within a local government environment
• Detailed knowledge of the law relating to employment law

Oldham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This post is subject to a Standard Disclosure from the DBS (and a Certificate of Good Conduct where you have lived abroad for 12 months or more in the last 10 years).

If you would like support with this application, an interview or interested in looking at any courses that could help with this position please get in touch with Get Oldham Working – Get Oldham Working registration form – Oldham Council

NB. – Any candidate that meets the criteria of our Guaranteed Assessment Scheme and meets the essential criteria of the role, will be guaranteed the first stage of assessment (whether that is an interview or another assessment, as appropriate).

Our Guaranteed Assessment Scheme supports candidates with disabilities, carers, those who are aged 24 or under and have previously been in or currently in care, and those whose last long term substantive employer was the Armed Forces.

Diversity and Inclusion

At Oldham Council, we are committed to creating a fair and inclusive workplace that is as diverse as the communities we serve. We aim to develop a culture of respect, where differences are recognised regardless of background. We aim to be an employer of choice by engaging in fair and open recruitment processes and Applications are encouraged from all communities across the borough to create a workforce that represents the diversity of our population.

About Us

Oldham is committed to developing a Co-operative future; one where citizens, partners and staff work together to improve the borough. Anyone joining the council is coming into an ambitious organisation with big plans. We are working hard to build a brighter future for our borough and we need people from a wide range of backgrounds to continue delivering the best for our communities.

The Council has a clear set of Values and Behaviours, our Values outline how we do business and we share these borough wide with our residents, partners and businesses. Internally we have translated these values into five cooperative behaviours which outline the priority areas of focus for all staff at all levels. You can view the Values and Behaviours on our Greater. Jobs pages Working for Oldham

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Please note that should a vacancy that has been released for internal or external recruitment be deemed suitable for an at risk employee, it can be pulled back at any point up to the post being formally offered to an external candidate or an internal candidate that is not at risk of redundancy.

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